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Many higher education advocates have pointed out that current federal outcome metrics do not accurately capture the unique student demographics and missions of community colleges. However, lawmakers have a chance to reform the federal data collection process as they work toward the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, according to a new report, “How Outcomes Metrics Can Better Reflect Community College Performance,” published by Third Way.

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No, when accepting a signed copy of the tax return to complete verification, you are not required to request confirmation that the tax return was filed with the IRS, unless you have reason to believe it was not actually filed. However, if it is a tax return completed in original "wet" handwriting, you might consider requesting a signed written statement explaining that it is a handwritten, exact copy of the one that was filed with the IRS and explaining why an actual photocopy, photographed copy, or faxed copy is not being provided instead. View the full answer to this question to learn more and search for answers to your other pressing regulatory and compliance questions, in NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase.

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An excellent course for both new and experienced staff, Verification is one of NASFAA U's most popular courses. A prior course participant described it this way: "Best professional development experience I had this past year. Material delivered in an accessible way, great learning resources provided, the discussion boards were helpful, and I appreciated having case studies to go through in an adjunct-led session each week. The course was as interactive as possible." The first class begins October 21. Register now.

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Do you know when and why to make changes to FAFSA data? Is it a change as a result of verification, or did you find conflicting information that had to be resolved? What if an update is needed because something that was correct at the time the FAFSA was filed is now wrong? What’s the difference between a correction and an update? Join us Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. ET when NASFAA's Lissa Powell takes a look at what can be changed, when we can make changes, and why we can make changes to FAFSA data. Register now.

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The fear of a federal program review can cause sleepless nights for financial aid administrators. Join us on Nov. 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET to hear what three schools learned from their program review experience, and how NASFAA can help you prepare for your next program review. Register today for this complimentary webinar!

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